Use of EBT Related to National Energy Security

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Saturday, December 02 2017 - 16:00 IWST

Energi Panas Bumi (Foto Eksplorasi.Id)
Energi Panas Bumi (Foto Eksplorasi.Id)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignatius Jonan said that in the future Renewable Energy (EBT) will be more competitive when compared with fossil energy.

"The government is encouraging the use of renewable energy for national energy security, while currently being built a Sidrap power plant (PLTB) with a capacity of 75 MW and expected commercial operation date (COD / commercially operated) in early 2018," said ESDM Minister Ignasius Jonan in Jakarta, Friday (1/12/2017)

Jonan explained that besides Sidrap, there are several EBT projects being implemented, namely Jeneponto PLTB, in South Sulawesi with capacity of 65 MW and PLTB Tanah Baru in South Kalimantan. The development of EBT is intended to make future EBT-based electricity tariffs cheaper and competitive.

The selling price of the Sidrap coal-fired power plant is 11.4 cent US dollars / kWh, and is now prepared by Sidrap Phase II PLTB, 50MW capacity, with the selling price to PLN much cheaper, about 6 cent / kWh.

Furthermore, Jonan said that for Marine Flow Plant, a 20MW project will be developed in Larantuka with electricity selling price from developer to PT PLN of 7.19 cents / kWh. Very competitive compared to power generation from other primary energy sources.

"I believe the future of EBT will be competitive when compared to fossil energy, maybe not yet, but soon in the future will come true," said Jonan.

The development of EBT will optimize local natural resources in an effective and efficient way to improve sustainable energy.

In addition to the use of EBT, efforts to illuminate more than 2,500 villages in the border area, isolated and outermost are also a priority. The government provides Solar Energy Saving Lamp (LTSHE) so that the electrification ratio will increase.

Furthermore, Jonan as quoted by Antara revealed that the Ministry of ESDM also encourage the use of electricity, both derived from fossil energy and renewable energy for transportation and equipment used in everyday life. The use of electric vehicles that are environmentally friendly and economical will be the choice of vehicles in the future likewise with the use of electric stoves, can reduce dependence on imports of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

"With an electric stove, reducing import dependence, LPG needs 6.5 million tons per year, and 4.5 million tons per year is imported, with electric stoves, cheaper, cleaner and faster," said Jonan.

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